Journalists file fundamental rights cases

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 13 October 1999, 20:16 GMT]
The Fundamental Rights applications of five media photographers complaining against the assault on them by the Presidential Security Division whilst they were covering the UNP protest rally on July 15, this year were granted leave to proceed by the Supreme Court today.

Ajith Samaranayaka, (Ravaya) Janapriya Samarajeewa (Yukthiya) Buddhika Weerasinghe ( Lakbima), M.A Pushpakumara (Sunday Times) and Sanjeeva Chinthaka (Sunday Times) are the five media photographers who filed the Fundamental Rights Applications in the Supreme Court.

They have alleged that they were subjected to assault while they were performing their professional duties covering the rally on a directive by their employers.

Their expensive cameras and equipment were smashed by the security forces, the journalists maintain.

The Bench comprised Justice Priyantha Perera, Justice D.P.S.Gunasekera and Justice Ameer Ismail.


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